PriceLabs is a powerful web-based revenue management & dynamic pricing software for vacation and short-term rentals. With their data-driven approach, Pricelabs scans your market for supply and demand trends to automate pricing rules, while at the same time gives you customization options to suit your needs. This helps owners to manage pricing and length of stay restrictions, in order to increase revenues and save them hours in the process. (more…)
Native apps available now!!!! We have just launched our brand new iOS and Android Smoobu apps. We are super excited and hope you are as well. After registration download them from the Appstore or Playstore. Including push notifications. (more…)
In order to connect Smoobu to Expedia not many steps have to be taken. It is very easily done. Once you have the connection set up you can manage your bookings, prices, min. stay from within Smoobu and never have to worry about double bookings. (more…)
Some time ago it was still quite common to communicate with the guest before each booking. Nowadays, instant booking is a more contemporary option. The tourists want to book, pay and look forward to the holiday. As a landlord, you do not want to spend a lot of time on inquiries that will not turn into real bookings.
Because this is now so self-evident, the booking portals want to do justice to this and increasingly offer this booking option. At Booking.com, Agoda, and Expedia there is not even an alternative. With the rather classic vacation apartment portals, there is often still the choice to work with requests.
At Airbnb, for example, each vacation rental owner can decide whether to accept direct bookings or to be bookable on request. Unfortunately, that changes the moment he uses the official Airbnb interface. This means that every ad linked to the API can be booked immediately. Basically, there is nothing against it, because the calendars are indeed correct thanks to Smoobu. Statistically, the number of bookings is much higher, for the objects that are “immediately bookable”. That’s why this is not just what Airbnb would like you to do but also our recommendation. But also we are aware that this is not possible for everybody.
When you synchronize the official Airbnb API interface and receive instant bookings, you will see that some settings are no longer clickable from Airbnb, but you must change them from Smoobu. For example, prices or other items such as cleaning fees, days of check in and check out, etc. These settings can be adjusted in Smoobu settings -> nooking portals -> price synchronization (Airbnb). This is what the screen will look like:
Link the calendars of Booking.com and Airbnb – an example – the live test
Booking.com and Airbnb are among the largest portals for vacation rentals.
Many landlords are already active there. And again and again, we hear from these landlords that they are afraid to connect both with a channel manager. “Too complicated”, “too dangerous”, “too time-consuming” are the terms we hear over and over again. This is different from Smoobu, we want to prove it with the following test.
I am stopping the time I need to link my calendar from Booking.com to that from Airbnb. I start with the registration and stop the time when everything works and the real-time synchronization between Booking.com and Airbnb is active.
June 25th, 2018 Posted by Philipp ReuterUncategorized
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